The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Newcastle 2-1 Brighton
Newcastle United held onto an early advantage to nervily see out a 2-1 victory at home to Brighton on Saturday afternoon. Eddie Howe’s hosts came into the contest as the form side but it was Brighton that began the better, controlling possession and threatening from set-pieces – themes which would persist throughout. However, it may have been that promising start which left the Seagulls emboldened enough to push so many players forward so early in the match. Brighton peppered Martin Dubravka’s goal but Newcastle just about weathered the squall of pressure to extend their unbeaten run to eight Premier League matches, inflicting a fourth straight defeat for the Seagulls in the process.
Man City 4-1 Man United
Manchester City ensured they did not concede any ground to Liverpool in the title race with a comfortable 4-1 win over local rivals Manchester United. Kevin De Bruyne notched his 50th Premier League goal just under five minutes into the game after he calmly latched on to Bernardo Silva’s inviting pass. United levelled things up in the 22nd minute courtesy of a fantastic Jadon Sancho curler that cannoned in off the post. The sides were equal for just five minutes before De Bruyne bagged his second to restore City’s advantage. Riyad Mahrez added City’s third mid-way through a second-half that saw City assert their dominance over their nearest rivals. He also notched a brace to ensure the result was beyond any doubt in second-half stoppage time.
Pitchside: De Bruyne and Mahrez down Man United
Go behind the scenes and pitchside as Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez helped Man City beat Man United 4-1 at Etihad in March 2022.
Tottenham 5-0 Everton
Tottenham boosted their Champions League hopes and plunged Everton further into relegation worry as they thumped their visitors 5-0 in north London on Monday night. Despite a tetchy start, Spurs took the lead as nice play between Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon allowed the latter to lash across goal where Michael Keane was waiting to rifle in past his own goalkeeper. Jordan Pickford was at fault as the hosts made it 2-0, with Dejan Kulusevski’s poke allowing Son Heung-min to shoot under the England goalkeeper’s body to give Tottenham a meaty advantage having barely dominated the game. Tottenham would go 5-0 up within the hour as Doherty grabbed another assist, clipping the ball over for Kane to score on the volley, a similar strike to his effort against Leeds last week, surpassing Henry’s PL tally in the process.
Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United
Burnley 0-4 Chelsea
Aston Villa 4-0 Southampton
Norwich City 1-3 Brentford
Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
Watford 2-3 Arsenal